STEM Backpacks for Kids is a heart-warming, charitable, team-building program devoted to promoting and emphasizing the importance of education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The program begins with a fun, high-energy icebreaker that will have your group laughing, celebrating, bonding, and readying themselves for the fun and rewarding experience ahead.
Teams will engage in a series of activities and challenges to earn visits to the STEM store to find items for inclusion in the student backpacks. Participant challenges and activities can include:
iPad challenges: Are you smarter than a 5th Grader? Have fun answering questions, and problem-solving activities related to STEM.
MakeDo® Kit Construction: MakeDo is a “fasten-ating” cardboard construction system that teams will use to engage in a competition to build and test a given structure based on strict guidelines.
The purpose of the STEM Backpacks for Kids donation is to give children, ages 5 to 10 years old, items that will spark their curiosity for learning and experimentation while gaining an understanding of the importance of STEM to their future success. In recent years, it has become popular to include Arts in the line-up resulting in the new acronym STE(A)M for this group of subjects.
Agencies across the country were consulted to identify the best items to include in STE(A)M backpacks. Examples: Science Magnet Kit, Markers, Rubber Bands, Magnifying Glass, Rubik Cube, Craft Sticks, Electronics Discovery Kit, Compass, Protractor, Calculator, Tape Measure, Notebooks, Folders, Pens, Pencils, Highlighters, Erasers, Scissors, Crayons, Pencil Sharpener, Glue Sticks, Ruler, STEM Starters for Kids Activity Book.